Oct 07 2010

I already like this site way more than Facebook

I received an email earlier today from Nature Publishing Group advertising their new social networking project, GenoMate:

We at Nature are pleased to announce our premier academic social networking/graduate relationship development website. New multidisciplinary fields, particularly Systems Biology, require a greater degree of collaboration and shared expertise. Nature GenoMate combines cloud-based productivity tools with a social networking engine that includes your colleagues and citations.

At first I thought this was going to be super lame – I mean, do biologists really need a separate social networking site? But when I looked at the features, I realized how awesome it is. It’s really pertinent to the needs of grad students. For example, they give great advice that first years like me may not know:Or their Erlenmeyer-Briggs personality questions that match you with others:Go check out the rest of their features here!

I feel so lucky that my department received one of the first invitations. Helps that the main developer apparently works here, though I’m not sure who it is… hmmm


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  1. 1
    Joé McKen

    Uh … cool project, but, um … do they really recommend Andrew Wakefield as a “top advisor match”? (Second photo on the right. If that’s not him, must be a secret twin brother.)

  2. 2

    this is sooo nerdy, I love it!I think linguists too need something like that. :)

  3. 3

    Man, that sounds funny. I hope engineering is next. I would love to see that version of it. Would be cool to hear about some top people in that.

  4. 4

    Remove palm. Apply to face. This is lulz.

  5. 5

    How much does it cost?

  6. 6
    Anna Jobsis

    LaTeX is awesome pants! *geeky slobbers*

  7. 7

    Interesting how their choices for “You top advisor matches” are all male.

  8. 8
    Adam Gordon

    Oliver the Prankster strikes again…this is another science joke site he made, like last year’s ‘Nature Eugenics’ (http://students.washington.edu

  9. 9

    Haha, cool. Still fun to look at though.

  10. 10

    Eww what’s with the picture of Andrew Wakefield?????

  11. 11

    Hey, that’s UW’s own Mary-Claire King (“I like big posteriors”)!I feel bad for anyone who got Hwang Woo-suk and Andrew Wakefield as matches.

  12. 12
    Michael Gordon

    In math, writing in LaTeX will make your advisor happy. I dare say it might even be expected.

  13. 13

    A cruel joke, Jen. A very cruel joke.

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